Crime & Courts

Retired Lake in the Hills deputy police chief facing sex assault, gun charges offered plea deal

Crystal Lake man is scheduled for jury trial Feb. 26

Alan R. Bokowski, of the 1300 block of Dola Rosa Vista, Crystal Lake
Alan R. Bokowski, of the 1300 block of Dola Rosa Vista, Crystal Lake

CRYSTAL LAKE – Prosecutors offered a negotiated plea Friday to a retired Lake in the Hills deputy police chief who is facing felony sex abuse and gun charges.

Attorneys met with McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather on Friday to talk about 61-year-old Alan R. Bokowski’s cases. The former police official has until Wednesday to accept the deal – the details of which were not discussed in open court.

McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein made the offer Friday, less than two weeks before Bokowski is scheduled for a Feb. 26 jury trial.

Neither Eisenstein nor Bokowski’s private attorney, Peggy Gerkin, could be reached for comment on the terms of the negotiation.

Bokowski, of the 1300 block of Dolo Rosa Vista, Crystal Lake, was charged in 2016 with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to an eight-count criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court.

Crystal Lake police began their investigation after meeting with concerned parents who reported that their juvenile daughter was sexually assaulted at Bokowski’s home, according to a news release from Crystal Lake police at the time.

He later was charged with possessing firearm ammunition, several shotguns, and pistol and rifle rounds without a firearm owner’s identification card.

According to a 2017 complaint, Bokowski illegally had a .375 Magnum revolver; Western Field .22 long rifle; Harrington and Richardson shotgun; Winchester shotgun; Mauser 7.92-by-57 mm rifle; Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun; Ruger .44 Magnum revolver; Taurus .38 Special revolver; Beretta Gardone UT .380 semi-automatic handgun; and Galand Tuetue 8 mm revolver.

He also is accused of inappropriately touching a woman in 2015, according to the same complaint.

Before retiring in 2006, Bokowski worked for the Lake in the Hills Police Department for 26 years.

At the time of his arrest, Lake in the Hills police said they had plans to review Bokowski’s time with the department to see whether any criminal activity took place during his employment.

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